Patti Smith Duets With Dylan on "Dark Eyes"

One of Smith's classic albums. Her next album will be released in '96.

ATN Boston correspondent Seth Mnookin attended the Patti

Smith/ Bob Dylan performance in Boston this past Sunday (Dec. 10) evening. His

extended (2000 word) epic review will appear in the "Live" section of ATN in

the January issue. Here is his news report: Bob Dylan and Patti Smith brought

greater-Boston rock and roll fans to there knees for two consecutive nights

(Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th) at Boston's gorgeous downtown

theatre/concert hall, the Orpheum. Dylan, whose been on somewhat of a tear for

the last year or two, didn't disappoint those who had heard (often to their

disbelief) that The Bard was back in good form after a decade of maddeningly

inconsistent, and often downright awful, performances and albums. Playing with

his longtime band (who I refer to as the four banditos because of their

consistently cowboy-based attire), the most notable member being understated

guitar whiz J.J. Jackson, Dylan ripped through classics old and new in both

acoustic and electric segments. "Tangled Up In Blue," "My Back Pages," "Mr.

Tambourine Man," "Silvio," and a chillingly gorgeous duet with Smith on "Dark

Eyes" were just some of the two evenings' highlights.

Still, it was Smith

who, both nights, stole the show. Returning to the stage this year for the

first time since 1980, Smith, joined by former Television guitarist Tom

Verlaine (and R.E.M. frontman and Smith fanatic Michael Stipe for one song on

Sunday) ripped her way through two fantastic, sweeping, sets, consisting of

both old classics ("Dancing Barefoot"), Dylan covers ("Wicked Messenger"), a

new tribute to Kurt Cobain, and a final, free-association, "Land of a Thousand

Dances," and a Horses era cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away," which

she played as a tribute to the Grateful Dead's recently departed Jerry Garcia.

(Dylan also paid tribute to sometimes collaborator Garcia, performing the

Garcia penned "Alabama Getaway" both nights as an encore.) Indeed, Smith kept

the audience in constant (if sometimes conflicting) states of rapture and

amazement. While Smith actually did more or less disappear since 1980, Dylan

has often played and performed like he wanted to. But on Saturday and Sunday

nights, both was were truly wonderful, a reminder that rock and roll is not an

industry, but a beautiful

art.